In the Media: Links to News from Around the Country

By Larry Charny (NC), Communications Committee

A Primer on Medicaid Telepractice Reimbursement
Speech Therapist Cheris Frailey presented at the NAME 2014 Annual Conference. She has authored an article about Medicaid coverage of speech and audiology services across the country via telepractice. Read it here:
https://leader.pubs.asha.org/Article.aspx?articleid=1983614

Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds
Consider the impact on special needs students and their families – from referrals to prescriptions to continuity of supportive services—if there are not enough physicians and other health care providers accepting Medicaid patients. This article from the New York Times summarizes one finding of a federal inspector general audit of availability of such providers in Medicaid managed care health plans:
www.nytimes.com/2014/12/09/us/politics/half-of-doctors-listed-as-serving-medicaid-patients-are-unavailable-investigation-finds.html?emc=eta1

CMS issues guidance on ‘free care’ and third party liability
On Monday, December 15, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to states regarding Medicaid payment for services covered under a state’s Medicaid plan to an eligible Medicaid beneficiary that are available without charge to the beneficiary (including services that are available without charge to the community at large, or “free care”). The letter is available at www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html. The NAME Governmental Affairs and Public Relations Committee will be working to provide an explanation of the meaning and impact of this guidance to Medicaid school based services programs.

Federal funding opportunities for parent training and awareness via information centers.
The federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) published in the federal register on December 11, 2014, some opportunities for funding. The program is called “training and information for parents of children with disabilities—parent training and information centers”. The purpose of this program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. The intent is to fund 41 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) designed to meet the information and training needs of parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, as well as the information and training needs of youth with disabilities living in the States, regions of the States, or areas served by the centers.

The notice invites applications for awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Applications were made available: December 11, 2014 and the deadline for transmittal of applications is February 9, 2015. More information is here:
www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-11/html/2014-29133.htm